Animal Species:Sculptured Frogfish, Halophryne queenslandiae (De Vis, 1882)

The Sculptured Frogfish has large pectoral fins multi-lobed tentacles on the head and body. The species is only known from Australian waters.

Sculptured Frogfish, Halophryne queenslandiae

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Standard Common Name

Sculptured Frogfish

Alternative Name/s

Queensland Toadfish, Southern Frogfish

Identification

The Sculptured Frogfish can be recognised by its distinctive body shape and multi-lobed tentacles on the head and body. The pectoral fins are very large. There is a wide, slightly concave gap between the eyes.

Eight species of frogfishes (family Batrachoididae) are recorded from Australian waters. The southern distribution limit of the Sculptured Frogfish is overlapped by the northern distribution limit of the Eastern Frogfish.

Size range

The species grows to 30 cm in length.

Distribution

The Sculptured Frogfish is an endemic species that occurs from northern Queensland, to northern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Halophryne queenslandiae

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Sculptured Frogfish specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

It is found on rocky reefs and sandy areas, at depths of 15 m or more.

Classification

Species:
queenslandiae
Genus:
Halophryne
Family:
Batrachoididae
Order:
Batrachoidiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Hutchins, J.B. 1976. A revision of the Australian frogfishes. Records of the Western Australian Museum. 4(1): 3-43, figs 1-17.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Crawford House Press. Pp. 437.


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Tags Sculptured Frogfish, Halophryne queenslandiae, multi-lobed tentacles, 10 cm - 30 cm, rocky reefs, sandy areas, marine, Batrachoididae,